I was first introduced to Silversea on my Honeymoon 15 years ago and have been fortunate enough to sail with them many times since. Having not been on a cruise ship for nearly 2 years, you can imagine my excitement when I was given the opportunity to join a small fam trip onboard Silver Moon sailing out of Athens, around the Greek islands. With the Moon now being the largest of their fleet, with a capacity of 596 passengers and 411 crew, I couldn’t wait to get onboard.
Obviously, things are slightly different now with travel and a lot more information needs to be added in advance. I ensured I had all necessary documentation, including copies of my COVID Vaccination Certificate, which I uploaded to the Silversea website, then I was ready to go!
On arrival in Athens, I received a warm welcome by a Silversea transfer and was whisked off to the port to check in. An antigen test was taken, and my documents were reviewed, while I waited for my result.
Upon boarding, I was presented with a glass of champagne, and it was like being home again.
I headed to my Suite, where our butler was waiting for us. He started by offering us our choice of amenities, then took our choice of drinks for the mini bar, before explaining any further health and safety information. This included advising us that every morning we were required to have our temperature checked and all we had to do was page him and he would pop down to do so.
The suites are similar to the Silver Muse and the decor has a beautiful light, contemporary feel to it. A few more technical advancements were on show, with a notepad device which charges your phone being very useful and everything you need to view being on your TV, such as the safety drill. Whilst walking around the ship the first thing I noticed was how spacious it was and there were so many nooks and crannies you could find to relax on your own.
The pool deck was fantastic with new modern sun loungers and great day beds. The pool seemed larger with an expansive ledge where you can just sit and cool down without having to get in to the pool.
The pool staff are as usual fabulous and are happy to assist with anything you want.
If you’re hungry whilst at the pool you can nip to Spaccanopoli for a pizza (one of the best pizzas at sea I will confirm) or just the pool menu which ever you prefer.
On this cruise shore excursions were included so most people were off during the day. We visited Syros, Paxos and Patmos which were very pretty. As of next year, Silversea are including Complementary Shore excursions and door to door transfer.
Another amazing addition on the Silver Moon is the S.A.LT Lab experience where you learn to cook, it was great fun cooking my Mousaka, and from someone who doesn’t normally cook, I think I’m ready for Masterchef…
Thankfully what we cooked wasn’t served in the S.A.L.T (sea and land taste) in the evening.There are so many choices for dining and most you can reserve in advance and only La Dame and Kasieaki have a small surcharge.After dinner there is a host of venues to go to, either a show, which we had opera one evening and a tribute to the Beatles the next evening or just relax and listen to the amazing Jazz singer at Silver note, or take part in a little karaoke or dancing at Panorama Lounge, as there have been some very late nights there.
A lot of people have the perception that Silversea is for older clients and very formal, but it is far from that. It is for people who like good food and wine and enjoy being well looked after. It is as formal or informal as you wish it to be. It has a very relaxed atmosphere on board.
I have confidence selling Silversea as I know my clients will be well looked after and not be disappointed. Once they sail with Silversea they generally rebook again.
My question is not why book Silversea, but why not book Silversea?